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My name is Jeannie Mark

I’m a mid-lifer who quit a growing corporate career to reawaken my passions — and forge a life set by my own rules.


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Five Most Incredible Stairs Around the World

We tend to be a lazy society, usually preferring to use an elevator, rather than take the stairs.

Yet that seems to change once we travel. There are so many amazing sites to see by climbing up. You get to stretch your legs in some parts of the world, and a the same time see some unexpected works of art! And the Travel Ticker team will prove that to you right away. I always love a good climb when I’m in a new place!

Below is a list of five cities with unique, colorful, and beautiful stairs that are worth taking. These stairs have become not only centers of attraction, but also political symbols as well, so they really are extraordinary and worth a separate visit.


February 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments
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5 Awesome Hotels for Vintage Fanatics

Fanatics of retro style today will no longer find it only on the shelves of thrift stores. In fact, travelers will find hotels across the world that are using vintage style at the heart of their design aesthetic. These five hotels are celebrated for being vintage meccas, filled with classics from Eames chairs to 8-track players. Perfect for travelers passionate about the past, a stay in each hotel feels a bit like traveling back in time.


January 28th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments
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What to Do In the South Pacific This Winter

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If you’re looking for a winter getaway that’s further afield than the norm, maybe think about the South Pacific.

So many North Americans flock to destinations like Mexico or Thailand, which are great, but let’s face it, kind of done to death.

So, let me be your very skilful guide into what types of cool things you could be doing in this part of the world, cause there’s plenty!


January 26th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment
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Making A Solo Trip to Sydney


Some solo female travelers feel uneasy about heading to a large centre. There’s being noticeably alone in a big city, along with not knowing how to enjoy things solo, especially if there are concerts, events, or other neat things to do.

But having traveled to about 49 countries or so (honestly, I’ve lost count, because my memory is awful) has taught me that going solo in a city is not terrible at all, but really liberating!

Sydney, Australia is one of those cities that’s easy to navigate, find new friendships, yet still enjoy something solo, if you wish.

It’s all there; it’s just a matter of finding it! Good thing I’m here to tell you. Here’s my unique solo guide to Sydney:


January 25th, 2016|Categories: Travel Tips|Tags: |1 Comment
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8 Amazing Travel Destinations for Chinese New Year


While much of the world celebrated the dawning of a new year on January 1, the global celebration of a new annum isn’t over yet. Communities around the world are gearing up for another giant annual celebration in the form of the Chinese New Year.

Otherwise known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year is celebrated according to the traditional Chinese lunar calendar. This year’s celebration officially takes place on February 8, but expect the festivities to last for whole weekends, weeks, or even the entire month of February. (No two locales celebrate in exactly the same way.) Want to be witness to this global celebration? Here are eight of the best destinations for ushering in the Chinese New Year around the globe.


January 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

Playa del Carmen, is it Paradise?


I made a grave mistake. The darkened highway suddenly burst with lights as the ADO bus barrelled towards the centre of Playa del Carmen. All that light made me cower.

Popping sounds exploded in my eardrums before I realized it was music blaring from a store. I peered out the bus window, seeing too many brightly lit stores and people, moving swiftly down the paved sidewalks.

After four months of existing in a silent world of star filled nights and empty beaches in Xcalak, this slice of civilization was frightening. There is comfort in solitude. I felt protected in the bubble of my routine that nobody could intrude on.


January 20th, 2016|Categories: Life, Playa del Carmen|Tags: , , |18 Comments